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Got an email from Derek Sivers at CD Baby regarding MP3tunes. Turns out MP3tunes was listed as “Lindows” on the companies my album had been shipped to, so that explains that.

Also it looks like the catalog is exclusively CD Baby artists and Derek says the artist cut is “the usual 65 cents per song, $6.50 per full-album”, which is higher than it says in the FAQ and would be as high a cut as iTunes despite the purchase price being lower.

A cool feature: “All music purchased at MP3tunes remains in the user’s “Music Locker” so they can enjoy unlimited download access to their MP3tunes music library from any web browser at anytime. There is no additional charge for users to re-download their music from their Music Locker.”

Express URLs are handy AND dandy:

I played around with it a little more and here’s my list of usability complaints:

  • Titles and artist names are truncated too heavily, widen it up. (As ranted a bit more about here.)
  • The horizontal sliding browsing thing, while cute, isn’t user friendly. It’s annoying to look through large lists. And combined with the tiny title length, I can barely read a full title anyway.
  • When I click on preview links in Firefox I’m prompted to download the 30 second mp3 clip and then need to go open it manually. It shouldn’t be hard to make this stream automatically.
  • Severely limited number of CDs it shows me on genre pages, unless you count ones you see when you horizontally browse, which I don’t because it’s annoying.

All of those points make for a pretty crummy browsing experience and seem like easy things to change.

Posted on - February 10, 2005 [at] 4:10 pm by Brad
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4 Comments on this post

scottandrew on More details & nitpicks
February 10, 2005 at 4:55 pm

I had to wait to get my URL sent to me before I could check to see if my record was there, since they’ve disabled search with no alternate way of browsing past the Top Sellers. Ugh.

Side pet peeve about these companies that tap into CD Baby data: the info gets stale. MP3Tunes is using an old bio I’ve since rewritten at CD Baby over two weeks ago. And Garageband is selling two CDs I no longer have for sale. I could complain, but ehh.

Drew on More details & nitpicks
February 10, 2005 at 8:08 pm

and whats with the label on brads page (im assuming all artist pages) that says ‘top songs’.. is that some kind of official 2 word review or what?

c.layne on More details & nitpicks
February 10, 2005 at 11:17 pm

did you label yourself quirky pop, or is that where they put you?

Brock on More details & nitpicks
July 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I was robbed on paypal by some crook hiding behind a mobile account. Asswipe was shocked when I got his name and address and came calling lol!

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